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MENG 372 Chapter 8 Cam Design. All figures taken from Design of Machinery , 3 rd ed. Robert Norton 2003. Cams. Function generator Can generate a true dwell. Cam Terminology. Type of follower motion (rotation, translation) Type of joint closure (force, form)

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## All figures taken from Design of Machinery , 3 rd ed. Robert Norton 2003

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**MENG 372Chapter 8Cam Design**All figures taken from Design of Machinery, 3rd ed. Robert Norton 2003**Cams**• Function generator • Can generate a true dwell**Cam Terminology**• Type of follower motion (rotation, translation) • Type of joint closure (force, form) • Type of follower (roller, mushroom, flat) • Direction of follower motion (radial, axial) • Type of motion constraints (critical extreme position(CEP) and critical path motion (CPM)) • Type of motion program (rise-fall (RF), rise-fall-dwell (RFD), rise-dwell-fall-dwell (RDFD)**Type of Follower Motion**Oscillating follower Translating follower**Type of Joint Closure**Force and form closed cams • Force closed cams require an external force to keep the cam in contact with the follower • A spring usually provides this force**Type of Joint Closure**• Form closed cams are closed by joint geometry • Slot milled out of the cam**Types of Followers**Flat-Faced Follower Roller Follower Mushroom Follower • Roller Follower • Mushroom Follower • Flat-Faced Follower**Direction of Follower Motion**• Radial or Axial Radial Cam Axial Cam**Cam Terminology (review)**• Type of follower motion (rotation, translation) • Type of joint closure (force, form) • Type of follower (roller, mushroom, flat) • Direction of follower motion (radial, axial)**Type of Motion Constraints**• Critical Extreme Position (CEP) – start and end positions are specified but not the path between • Critical Path Motion (CPM) – path or derivative is defined over all or part of the cam**Type of Motion Program**• From the CEP cam profile • Dwell – period with no output motion with input motion. • Rise-Fall (RF) – no dwell (think about using a crank-rocker) • Rise-Fall-Dwell (RFD) – one dwell • Rise-Dwell-Fall-Dwell (RDFD) – two dwells**SVAJ Diagrams**• Unwrap the cam • Plot position (s), velocity (v), acceleration (a) and jerk (j) versus cam angle • Basis for cam design**RDFD Cam Design**• Motion is between two dwells**RDFD Cam, Naïve Cam Design**• Connect points using straight lines • Constant velocity • Infinite acceleration and jerk • Not an acceptable cam program**Fundamental Law of Cam Design**Any cam designed for operation at other than very low speeds must be designed with the following constraints: • The cam function must be continuous through the first and second derivatives of displacement across the entire interval (360°). Corollary: • The jerk must be finite across the entire interval (360°).**RDFD Cam Sophomore DesignSimple Harmonic Motion**∞ ∞ • Sine function has continuous derivatives h • Acceleration is discontinuous • Jerk is infinite (bad cam design)**RDFD Cam, Cycloidal**h Start with acceleration & integrate: then: Since at**RDFD Cam, Cycloidal**h • Since s=0 at q=0, k2=0 • Since s=h at q=b,**RDFD Cam, Cycloidal**h • Valid cam design (follows fundamental law of cam design) • Acceleration and velocity are higher than other functions General procedure for design is to start with a continuous curve for acceleration and integrate. Equation for a cycloid. Cam has a cycloidal displacement or sinusoidal acceleration**RDFD Cam, Trapezoidal**• Constant acceleration gives infinite jerk • Trapezoidal acceleration gives finite jerk, but the acceleration is higher**RDFD Cam, Modified Trapezoidal**• Combination of sinusoidal and constant acceleration • Need to integrate to get the magnitude**RDFD Cam, Modified Trapezoidal**• After integrating, we get the following curves • Has lowest magnitude of peak acceleration of standard cam functions (lowest forces)**RDFD Cam, Modified Sine**• Combination of a low and high frequency sine function • Has lowest peak velocity (lowest kinetic energy)**RDFD Cam, SCCA Family**The cam functions discussed so far belong to the SCCA family (Sine-Constant-Cosine-Acceleration)**RDFD Cam, SCCA Family**• Comparison of accelerations in SCCA family • All are combination of sine, constant, cosine family**Polynomial Functions**• We can also choose polynomials for cam functions • General form: where x=q/b or t • Choose the number of boundary conditions (BC’s) to satisfy the fundamental law of cam design**3-4-5 Polynomial**• Boundary conditions • @q=0, s=0,v=0,a=0 • @q=b, s=h,v=0,a=0 • Six boundary conditions, so order 5 since C0 term**3-4-5 Polynomial**@q=0, s=0=C0v=0=C1/ba=0=2C2/b2 C0=0 C1=0 C2=0 @q=b, s=h= C3+C4+C5, v=0=2C3+3C4+5C5a=0= 6C3+12C4+20C5 Solve the 3 equations to get**3-4-5 and 4-5-6-7 Polynomial**4-5-6-7 Polynomial • 3-4-5 polynomial • Similar in shape to cycloidal • Discontinuous jerk • 4-5-6-7 polynomial: set the jerk to be zero at 0 and b • Has continuous jerk, but everything else is larger**Acceleration Comparisons**• Modified trapezoid is the best, followed by modified sine and 3-4-5 • Low accelerations imply low forces**Jerk Comparison**• Cycloidal is lowest, followed by 4-5-6-7 polynomial and 3-4-5 polynomial • Low jerk implies lower vibrations**Velocity Comparison**• Modified sine is best, followed by 3-4-5 polynomial • Low velocity means low kinetic energy**Position Comparison**• There is not much difference in the position curves • Small position changes can lead to large acceleration changes**Table for Peak VAJ for Cam Functions**• Velocity is in m/rad, Acceleration is in m/rad2, Jerk is in m/rad3.**Single Dwell Cam Design, Using Double Dwell Functions**• The double dwell cam functions have an unnecessary return to zero in the acceleration, causing the acceleration to be higher elsewhere.**Single Dwell Cam Design, Double Harmonic function**• Large negative acceleration**Single Dwell Cam Design, 3-4-5-6 Polynomial**• Boundary conditions @q=0 s=v=a=0 @q=bs=v=a=0 @q=b/2 s=h • Has lower peak acceleration (547) than cycloidal (573) or double harmonic (900)**Unsymmetrical RFD Cams**• If the rise has different time than the fall, need more boundary conditions. • With 7BC’s**Unsymmetrical RFD Cams**• If you set the velocity to zero at the peak:**Unsymmetrical RFD Cams**• With 3 segments, segment 1 with 5BC’s, segment 2 with 6BC’s get a large peak acceleration**Unsymmetrical RFD Cams**• Best to start with segment with lowest acceleration with 5BC’s then do the other segment with 6BC’s**Critical Path Motion (CPM)**• Position or one of its derivatives is specified • Ex: Constant velocity for half the rotation • Break the motion into the following parts:**Critical Path Motion (CPM)**• Segment 1 has 4BC’s • Segment 2 has 2BC’s (constant V) • Segment 3 has 4BC’s • Last segment has 6BC’s (almost always)**Constant Velocity, 2 Segments**• The divisions on the previous approach are not given, only one segment of constant velocity**Resulting SVAJ diagram**• 2 segment design has better properties • 4 segment design had Ds=6.112, v=-29.4, a=257**Sizing the Cam, Terminology**• Base circle (Rb) – smallest circle that can be drawn tangent to the physical cam surface • Prime circle (Rp) – smallest circle that can be drawn tangent to the locus of the centerline of the follower • Pitch curve – locus of the centerline of the follower**Cam Pressure Angle**• Pressure Angle (f) • the angle between the direction of motion (velocity) of the follower and the direction of the axis of transmission • Want f<30 for translating and f<35 for oscillating followers f**Cam Eccentricity**e b • Eccentricty (e) – the perpendicular distance between the follower’s axis of motion and the center of the cam • Aligned follower: e=0**Overturning Moment**• For flat faced follower, the pressure angle is zero • There is a moment on the follower since the force is not aligned with the direction of follower motion. This is called the overturning moment

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